Tag: apps

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Meditation and sleep app Calm now has a head of music

It’s been a busy year for mindfulness startup Calm: it raised $88m of funding in February and another $27m in July – the latter at a $1bn valuation for the company – while also releasing albums by Moby and Above &...
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Zya’s Ditty music app is shutting down this week

Music Ally first wrote about Zya in November 2011: it was a “cloud-based music platform that empowers everyone – regardless of ability or musical preference – to make music in a revolutionary 3D environment”. It...
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Meditation app Calm looks to expand into wholly unexpected genres

This LA Times profile on Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of meditation app Calm, is interesting on his career path – covering Moshi Monsters and explaining how he, as a Brit, established himself in California and helped...
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Sleep-music app Relax Melodies has been downloaded 50m times

We’ve written about the growth (and funding) of meditation app Calm, including its musical partnerships with artists like Moby and Above & Beyond. And we’ve also written about the popularity of sleep and...
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Revelator tests its ‘artist wallet’ with Teosto and Bmat

Early this year, Music Ally reported on Israeli company Revelator’s plans to launch a rights-admin and payments spin-off called Original Works, complete with an ‘artist wallet’ app to track payments, register...
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Cardioid app offers context for Spotify’s algo-personalised playlists

In March this year, Music Ally wrote about a new music app called Crush, which aimed to bring together Spotify with artists’ own social-media feeds, to help listeners find out more about the musicians they were listening...
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Instagram’s Threads is a new ‘camera-first messaging app’

The history of Facebook going into battle against Snapchat using its Instagram subsidiary is well established now: for example the moment when Instagram nabbed Snapchat’s ‘stories’ feature in 2016. Now a...
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Facetune-maker Lightricks launches social apps for businesses

Facetune is a popular app among young people who want to digitally tweak their selfies before sharing them with the world. Its developer, a company called Lightricks, is now expanding into apps for businesses wanting to give...
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RIAA targets Telegram in latest ‘notorious markets’ piracy list

US music-industry body the RIAA has submitted its latest list of sites and apps raising piracy concerns, for consideration for the next ‘notorious markets’ list produced by the US Trade Representative. Some familiar names...
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Zen 8 app adds AI music to Instagram and Snapchat stories

As Music Ally has been covering the latest wave of AI-generated music startups, we’ve argued that one of the most interesting uses for this technology is social – a way to create background music for videos and other...
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YouTube Music app to be pre-installed on new Android devices

The transition continues from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. Google has announced that the latter app will now be pre-installed on all devices running the latest versions of its Android operating system. That’s Android...
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Maroon 5 team up with Apple for iOS photos-app promotion

Apple’s new iOS software (iOS 13) launched earlier this month, and one of its features suddenly has an interesting music angle. The feature is called ‘Memories’ – it actually launched three years ago,...